Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Hawkeyes still ranked in Week 11 CFP Rankings

Georgia in top five of College Football Playoff rankings Clemson ranked in top 4 of latest College Football Playoff rankings | The State
Edward Snyder | 10 November, 2018, 06:20

The second College Football Playoffs rankings are here.

No. 18 MSU will take on No. 1 Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The biggest surprise is LSU falling only four spots despite losing 29-0 to Alabama. We have a new top-four. Now, the Aggies have only beaten one team with a winning record - Hawaii - so they don't have the strength of schedule to warrant being ranked much higher, but even if they haven't played the most challenging schedule, they've annihilated everyone in their path. Utah State's eight wins have come by an average of 32.9 points per game. Following them, you have undefeated Notre Dame and a bunch of other one-loss teams.

Seven teams ranked ahead of Syracuse lost this week, including four within the 10-20 rankings, who each suffered their third loss of the season. Notre Dame fans believe their team holds a trump card against MI, with that season-opening victory in South Bend.

While both MI and Georgia have 3-1 records against ranked teams this season, the maize and blue have gotten their wins in the last three weeks and looked good against Penn State with their only loss being to the team ahead of them.




Alabama still is No. 1 in the official College Football Playoff rankings. The Bulldogs will see Alabama in the SEC title game as SEC East champions, but they can't look past their next three opponents starting this Sunday against Auburn. We think they will move to No. 7 with Washington State remaining at No. 8. The Wolverines enjoyed the latest stop on their revenge tour, demolishing Penn State and improving to 3-0 against teams that beat them last season - Wisconsin, Michigan State and the Nittany Lions.

Oklahoma Sooners - Neither they nor Washington State had convincing wins last weekend, but Oklahoma beat a better Texas Tech team on the road so they get the edge. Ohio State could win out - beating Michigan State and Michigan along the way - and get in.

"Strong offense, struggling on defense", Mullens said. But that's a long way from certain considering the Buckeyes are the lowest ranked one-loss team.

If the Bulldogs get past Auburn, and they are 14-point favorites to win, they still have No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Conference Championship Game on December 1.

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